Oct 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play in the huddle against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Steelers 26-23. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

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Other than the little news coming out of OTA’s, there isn’t much to talk about in Steelers Nation.  Here are a few pieces to get you through you Thurday.

 

Pouncey Wants New Deal

According Alan Robinson of TribLive.com, Maurkice Pouncey and the Steelers front office are in the middle of contract discussions.  Even more importantly, Pouncey is willing to come back.  According to this, “If Mr. Rooney blesses me, it will be a dream come true,” Pouncey may be just as interested in staying in the Steel City as we are to have him back.  Pouncey is consistently one of the best centers in the NFL when he’s healthy, the only question is whether he will be healthy.  That has been the big issue with Pouncey, seeing as he hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2010.  If he can stay healthy he will most likely be worth however much the team elects to give him.  For me at least, I would be ecstatic to have him back.

 

NFL Can Gain Conscience, and Keep Edge

This article on Bleacher Report, courtesy of Michael Schottey, may not be entirely Steelers related, but it’s a great read.  The second paragraph of the article is by far the one agree with the most.  Schottey says this, “Many fans, as well as older former players, coaches and other employees tend to fight against the idea of changing anything about the league’s DNA. To some extent, that makes sense, of course, as the old saying goes: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ The league is extremely ‘ain’t broken,’ and tinkering with the formula for success runs the risk of miserable circumstances.”  I one hundred percent whole heartedly can identify with this.  I love smash-mouth, physical, hard nosed football, and with the direction the NFL is turning that all may be gone in a few years.  Ryan Clark was probably my favorite Steelers’ player for the past few years, and most of that has to do with his game.  He laid big hits that completely changed the dynamic of the game.  Now that the rules are trying to prevent that, the game is becoming less exciting.  I understand that player safety is important, but I think the rules have gone too far at this point.  We need to find a happy medium between safe and exciting.  If we can do that, the league will be in a good place.

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  • bk

    the health issue bothers me… I would almost prefer he move to guard…
    Need to spend money on the tackle position…

  • UshouldListen

    The only reason Goodell is trying to legislate hard hitting out of the game is because of the concussion lawsuits. If they would have addressed the treatment issues earlier in history we wouldn’t be at the point we are now pussifying the league. After all if he was so concerned about health we wouldn’t have games on Monday, Thursday, Sunday, and Sunday night with a push for even more Monday/Thursday games. It’s all about the money. And teams in Europe? Not good from a health standpoint, players need more than 4-5 days to recover IMO. Next up, lawsuits over knee/leg injuries. Put more emphasis on medical treatment, especially after retirement, and let the boys play hard.

    • richard

      That is a very valid point, but I do feel that there is another agenda as well. The NFL doesn’t want Defenses keeping the scores low, almost all the rule changes favor the offense. The NFL believes higher scores make for more exciting games and will mean more money. How difficult must it have been for Goodell to watch Seattle hold Denver to under 10 points in a Super Bowl, I would wager he was pretty ticked off.